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The Shetland Sheepdog (Japanese: シェットランドシープドッグ Shettorando shīpudoggu) is a breed of dog available in Nintendogs and its 3DS sequel.

Breed Information

The Shetland Sheepdog (often called the "Sheltie" for short) is extremely bright, extremely sensitive, and extremely eager to please. This combination makes for a dog that is obedient, quick to learn, and utterly devoted to its family. It is not only gentle, playful, amiable, and companionable, but is also excellent with children, although it can nip heels at play. This breed was ranked 6th out of 132 when tested for intelligence.

In-Game Description

Official artwork of the Shetland Sheepdog

  • Nintendogs: "Bred in England as a herding dog, its elegant, long-haired coat and kind face make it a popular breed."
  • Nintendogs + Cats: "Bred in Scotland as a herding dog, its elegant coat and kind face make it a popular breed."

Unlocking the Breed


Chihuahua & Friends Starter Breed
Labrador & Friends Obtain 16,000 Trainer Points
Dachshund & Friends Obtain 14,000 Trainer Points
Dalmatian & Friends Obtain 4,000 Trainer Points
Best Friends Obtain 4,000 Trainer Points
Chihuahua & FriendsJA Obtain 8,000 Trainer Points
Shiba Inu & FriendsJA Starter Breed
Dachshund & FriendsJA Obtain 17,000 Trainer Points

Nintendogs + Cats

Toy Poodle & New Friends Obtain 5,800 Owner Points
Play for 21 days in a row
Golden Retriever & New Friends Obtain 600 Owner Points
Play for 5 days in a row
French Bulldog & New Friends Starter Breed

In Nintendogs

In Nintendogs, the Shetland Sheepdog comes in three coat colors: Tricolor, Bicolor, and Sable.

In Nintendogs + Cats

In Nintendogs + Cats, the Shetland Sheepdog comes in Sable & White, Bicolor, and Tricolor.

If the player chooses "Surprise Me!" they may find:

  • a brown-and-white Sheltie
  • a monochrome (black-and-white) version of the Tricolour Sheltie
  • a gray and white Sheltie with a husky pattern on its face
  • a gray and white Sheltie
  • a pure white Sheltie. The white Shelties appear to have silvery rings around their eyes, creating goggle-like patterns.



Nintendogs + Cats

  • Pepper, owned by Noah (PAL: Dina, owned by Kirill)



Nintendogs + Cats


  • A Shetland Sheepdog named Pikku was the inspiration for Nintendogs.[1]
  • Pikku was also Shigeru Miyamoto's dog.
  • In Nintendogs, even though shelties have ears that flop down, a Ribbon would be worn on the dog's neck instead of its ears.